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    Coronovirus hits tech and auto supplies

    Coronovirus hits tech and auto supplies

    The secondary effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) arrive, as tech giant Apple warns of production and demand disruption - and Chinese car parts are flown in to Europe in suitcases. We have a guide to the most highly regarded tax havens... by tax dodgers, and how the EU is gunning for the places where it's hard to find who owns what. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became one of the most generous philanthropists in history -but all is not as it seems, as people raise eyebrows at how little tax the corporation pays. And no dairy please, we're millennials: how the alternative milk movement is hurting US famers. Plus as HSBC bank loses profits from its European operations, an expert tells us how its peers are also ailing in the region. All this is discussed live with guests Diane Brady, columnist in New York, and Jasper Kim, economist, in Seoul, South Korea.

    (Image: A Chinese employee wears a protective mask as he sits in the showroom of an Apple Store after it closed for the day in Feb 2020 in a shopping district in Beijing, China. Credit: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

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    Japan's economy shrinks at fastest rate in five years

    Japan's economy shrinks at fastest rate in five years

    Fears of a recession grow after the country's GDP fell by 1.6% in the final quarter of 2019, as the full economic impact of the coronavirus is still to come. Devin Stewart, senior fellow at the US-based Eurasia Group Foundation, tells us what this means for the world's third largest economy.

    Is an iPhone shortage on the horizon? Manufacturer Apple says production is down and has warned it won't meet its previous revenue guidance. Our business reporter Zoe Thomas brings us up to date from San Francisco.

    And we find out the fate of The Skagway News, based in Alaska. Its owner announced he was giving away the local paper at the end of last year. But did he find the perfect new owner?

    Sasha Twining is joined throughout the programme by Sushma Ramachandran, independent business journalist and columnist for the Tribune newspaper, in Delhi, and Alexis Goldstein, activist and financial reform advocate, who's based in Washington.

    (Picture: A woman wearing a mask in Tokyo. Credit: David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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    Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees to contain coronovirus

    Beijing orders 14-day quarantine for returnees to contain coronovirus

    As coronovirus, continues to spread, Beijing has ordered everyone returning to the city to go into quarantine for 14 days or risk punishment in the latest attempt to contain the virus, state media report. Marketplace reporter Scott Tong explains that the flood of misinformation on Covid-19 is proving as challenging to stop as the virus itself. Mike Johnson takes a look at the problems caused by air pollution around the world. Every five seconds, according to the World Health Organisation, someone dies prematurely because of the health problems caused by air pollution. Peter Ryan, ABC's senior business correspondent in Sydney joins Rahul Tandon for comment across the hour.

    (PIC: Reuters)

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    US charges Huawei with racketeering

    US charges Huawei with racketeering

    The US has expanded its lawsuit against Huawei, accusing the Chinese telecoms giant of a "decades-long" plan to steal technology from US firms. Prosecutors said Huawei had violated the terms of partnerships with US companies and stolen trade secrets such as source code and robot technology. Huawei has denied the claims.

    Also in the programme, President Erdogan of Turkey visits Pakistan. Staying in the country, we are exploring why has Pakistan decided not to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan - the Chinese city in the centre of coronavirus outbreak - causing anger among relatives of around 500 Pakistani university students there.

    Plus, an in-depth look into debates around an idea of a digital tax. And - how useful is virtual reality in the the workplace?

    Presenter Fergus Nicoll is joined by guests Mehmal Sarfraz in Lahore and Paddy Hirsch in Los Angeles




    (Picture: A Huawei staff member uses her mobile phone in Shenzhen; Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images)

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    Coronavirus in focus for Alibaba

    Coronavirus in focus for Alibaba

    The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is due to present its quarterly results. In the normal run of things, we might expect this to be another blizzard of eye-watering numbers - showing the company founded 21 years ago in a Hangzhou apartment still standing strong. But has the coronavirus changed things - at least in the short term?
    We are also looking into the latest buzzword - infodemic. Working with the big tech companies, the UN health agency has made strides in combating rumours and falsehoods on the internet about coronavirus.
    In an exclusive interview with the BBC the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, says he is pressing ahead with moving the country’s capital, Jakarta, to the province of East Kalimantan.
    Also in the programme, oil giant BP's new chief executive Bernard Looney has outlined plans to cut his firm's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, but the plan is lacking in detail.
    Plus, as Argentina tries to renegotiate its debts, we look at the history of Argentina's relationship with the International Monetary Fund.

    Presenter Fergus Nicoll is joined by guests Alison van Diggelen in California and Simon Littlewood in Singapore.

    PHOTO: Alibaba, Reuters

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    New Hampshire Primary Results

    New Hampshire Primary Results

    New Hampshire voters are picking which Democrat they want to run against Trump. We get the latest live results as the polls close.
    On the other side of the world, in India, voters overwhelmingly backed the anti-establishment Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in an election in Delhi which pitted them against India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
    Also in the programme, why does the National Hockey League in North America remain reluctant to allow players to participate in 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing?
    Plus - the impact of coronavirus on the lucrative conferences industry.
    And - in the latest instalment of live-streaming wars, platform Caffeine has signed an exclusive multi-year partnership with Drake.The hip-hop superstar will produce a range of content, including a series of rap battles in partnership with Ultimate Rap League.

    PHOTO: 80% of Dixville Notch's residents, AFP

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